Jerry Seinfeld’s “new” show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a simple concept and it works well, especially when he chooses a 1977 Volkswagen Westfalia as the vehicle for his comedy. Here he teams up with fellow comedian Jim Gaffigan in the camper juxtaposed with the streets of New York. It’s ironic that they both claim to prepare for their routines, yet this seems fairly natural and off the cuff. If you’re a fan of both Volkswagen campers and the long running TV sitcom Seinfeld then this is the video for you. Click the picture to watch.
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Good news/bad news, Ben finally gets his U.S Visa! But…the Kombi is in a bit of a fix. From Vancouver to Haines Alaska, and now Whitehorse in the Yukon, the Kombi Life adventure continues. A must watch video in the series.
At first I thought, why is Fidel Castro putting out that fire? Maybe it’s just the angle, it is in fact Ben’s incredibly helpful friend in Haines who saved the bus just in time. And I really want one of these T-Shirts! You can support Kombi Life by purchasing one here.
This is so nice to see. These guys have a great work ethic, all they want to do is give a retired gentleman, who is recovering from a stroke, his dream back. Fun and games as they conspire to sneak the bus away for the restoration. The video is also quite educational for those looking to fix an old Volkswagen bay that might have been sitting, this one sat for 17 years, but thankfully in a garage. I liked the explanation of the torsion bar suspension and brakes. Let this be motivation for those upcoming spring VW bus projects out there.
On the one hand it’s nice to know something you’ve invested in is increasing in value, but I can’t help but cringe when I see how much these old beauties are being flipped for. Admittedly the guys at Wheeler Dealers in the U.K. did add some handy upgrades to this old split window bus including a modern steering box. The upshot is they have preserved the vehicle for future owners. I do like the show and have enjoyed other episodes featuring other vehicles, however I did find it amusing how they talked the lady they bought the bus from down on her price of $14,800 to $14,000 , but were firm with theirs re-selling at a whopping £25,000! They turned a profit of more than 8,000 pounds. Then again they had to ship it from the U.S. etc. The obsession some people have for these Volkswagens is incredible leading to a “I’ll pay whatever it takes” mentality to get that special bus. Just a few years ago $10,000 would go far, and it still can, but the new reality is more often a sellers market and the older the bus the higher the price.
Behold the Brubaker Box or Brubaker Sports Van if you prefer. Built for a short time in the 70s only 53 were produced, though I see mention of a kit version if I’m correct. This van sits on a beetle chassis with no driver’s door! Very cool, fun to drive. No wonder DJ Greyboy took a fancy to this one when it came up for sale in the U.S., and it needed a lot of restoration. Strangely the words Volkswagen, air-cooled, Beetle, or bug are never mentioned in this awesome video by eGarage. The cool sound track music is by Andreas Stevens, aka Greyboy the car’s owner. I really like the eGarage channel on Youtube.
Here’s a comedy about a guy who receives a last request from a deceased friend to take his old VW Westfalia on a road trip across America. It’s filmed in a pseudo cinéma vérité style. It was released in 2011, now to find somewhere to rent a copy!
“VW Bus Tour: Americana Bohemia” is a 2009 film by Matt Palka, a creative journey that puts the “Just Do It” philosophy in motion in the form of an early bay Volkswagen camper. As my grandmother used to say, “don’t wait for someone to give you a job, go out and make your own.” This is what Matt does, self publishing his book and CD to get the ball rolling. He travels the U.S. playing small venues with his guitar and selling his novel along the way. The movie is just over an hour and 40 minutes, good fun. The trailer is above, the full movie below. Warning: occasional swearing.